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Posted in: Protectionist wins Melbourne Cup See in context

The Japanese-trained Admire Rakti, who started the race as favorite, faded badly over the last few furlongs and finished last.

And, has since died in its stall.

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Posted in: Space man See in context

The display of models is at least relatively representative. They have the Russian Soyuz craft that got them up there, the ISS itself, and the Japanese Kibo unit that was the addition Japan provided to the ISS (although it needed the shuttles to get it there, the only model left out).

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Posted in: Gov't aims to curb iPhone influence See in context

This article seems to be confusing things around. Sim unlocking is a good thing though.

The irony is that Japan is a major supplier of the chips used in the Iphone and therefore, at least on some models, receives 34% of the cost of iphones sold all over the world (More then the U.S earns from it.) and the top national beneficiary of the iPhone, taking in 34 percent of the proceeds, is Japan. (The U.S., where it was designed, doesn't make much more than China, where the devices are assembled by low-paid workers.) Inequality for all movie. Therefore although the Iphone has had a big impact on Japanese cell phone brands sold in Japan, it has been beneficial for Japanese tech companies that manufacture components for it.

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Posted in: U.S. dairy farmers threaten to oppose TPP trade deal See in context

American dairy milk is genetically-modified unless it’s labeled “NO rBGH” Genetically-engineered bovine growth hormone (rBGH) in milk increases cancer risks. American dairy farmers inject rBGH to dairy cows to increase milk production.

New Zealand has banned all forms of growth hormone for farming use which is one way NZ farmers hope to compete against the massive feedlot run dairy farms in the U.S. Unfortunately N.Z beef is almost all grass fed and a lot of consumers in Japan are so unused to the grass fed taste (my wife thinks it tastes like liver).

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Posted in: Gov't announces 'zero stray dogs and cats' action plan See in context

I remember when the movie "Finding Nemo" came out, there was a big rush by parents to buy goldfish for their children. Then the fad passed and people started dumping their goldfish. I don't think pet sellers will be too concerned whether buyers want pets as part of a fad; they just want to sell pets to anyone who comes into their store.

After Finding Nemo, there was also a fad where children flushed their fish down the toilet thinking they were setting them free:)

The question is what about all the stray cats and dogs that already exist. The neuter and put back in the area it came from concept might be one option. This solves the problem that if you just remove a stray from an area it creates a vacuum that is filled by the young of other strays, who then become breeding adults.

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Posted in: Man arrested after child's skeletal remains found in apartment See in context

After talking to people about this, we came to an idea! Mum and Dad might have been mentally challenged! And the care of a child too much for them. Might not have been deliberate. Any other scenario is just too sick.

That is a logical thought due to the absence of services to help people in that situation. However in this situation the father is a truck driver. Anybody who is mentally challenged to the point he can't buy the minimum amount of food to keep his son alive is not someone who I want to be in charge of a multi-ton truck using the roads we do.

A lot of unanswered questions all around.

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Posted in: Body in Sapporo park identified as woman missing since panic call to fiance See in context

Given the fact that the body was apparently so badly decomposed that they couldn't tell the gender at first, it seems like the smell alone would have helped any police follow up searchers locate the body.

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Posted in: 78-year-old woman dies after X-ray at hospital See in context

I've just had a large brain tumor removed in a Japanese hospital and required many scans that used contrasting agents both before and after ten hours of surgery. I'm still in hospital now and my treatment has been outstandingly great. The key is to use a research hospital if it is major such as brain surgery. Medical mistakes happen regularly all over the world including a lot in my home country. The one good thing is that they get revealed instead of being covered up.

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Posted in: Love hotel business booming in Japan See in context

Every other article that I've read that cared to actually post figures has suggested that Japan's love hotels are actually on the decline. One of the reasons mentioned repeatedly has been young people having less spare cash and choosing to make do in Karaoke booths or cars.

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Posted in: Hulu Japan offers not just movies, but a little education and awesome customer service too See in context

After finding Hulu Japan not up to the grade, I started using the service ($5 a month), plus a U.S Hulu subcription ($8 a month). If you have an apple T.V you can use the same service to get the U.S Apple T.V lineup (comes with things such as ABC, and a range of other free services).

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Posted in: Japan ranked 6th in quality of life for children See in context

The full report can be found here :

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Posted in: Easter Island statue erected in tsunami-hit town See in context

Nice gesture. Every time I see a Moai these days I'm reminded of this poster;

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Posted in: U.S. says Japan must negotiate on rice to join TPP talks See in context

But the problem for them is not foreigners but young Japanese... they all eat bread...

And they don`t want to work on the farms and in the fields. Which is why the average age of a Japanese farmer is reported to be 65.

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Posted in: In Japan, gun ownership is a privilege, not a right See in context

New Zealand has the same gun requirements. To get a firearms license in New Zealand I had to do;

1) : Police background check. 2) : A day of training. 3) : Pass a written test. 4) : The have the police interview my neighbors and partner (in a separate room from me) to check if I was o.k to have a gun. 5) : have police check that I had some place secure to store them in my house.

Handguns and semiautomatics are not allowed (unless for competetive sports reasons and then you must be endorsed by the club and remain an active club members and in competitive sport). Owning a gun for self defence is not a valid reason for having a gun according to the N.Z arms code.

However we still have quite a few armed hold ups and other gun violence. But less so in cases of domestic violence etc, because of the background checks. I don`t know how N.Z gun death statistics stack up against those of Japan, even though we have similar legislation.

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Posted in: Giant squid filmed in Pacific depths by scientists See in context

I remember reading about two Ph.D students who did their research on these giant squid and as a celebration when they were finished they cooked and ate some of a fresh sample they had obtained. Apparently it tasted awful and it is believed the flesh has quite a high ammonia content. Therefore it is rather unlikely that they will end up in sushi shops even if we did find out where they exist in a high concentration.

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Posted in: More Japanese choosing fertilizer as burial option See in context


I always assumed full body burial was not done in Japan, But then in the article I wondered about this line...

If you are curious, the interment of remains costs 134,000 yen and just ashes costs 44,000 yen.

It seems they quote two prices, one for the internment of remains (134,000 yen) and one for just ashes (44,000 yen). I could be wrong (and probably am due the the vague nature of the remains wording), but I read that to mean remains as in possibly a body, and I was thinking "134,000 yen, that`s cheap for a whole body!"

However as they say remains that is quite a vague term. It could mean the ashes plus the bones and other remaining bits after cremation, as cremation is done at a much lower temperature in Japan than in Western countries so items such as bones, implants, etc, remain in Japan cremations and the bones form part of the traditional funeral. The gold from tooth fillings is collected by the crematorium and sold later usually to make profits for the city. eg;

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Posted in: 4-year-old girl dies after being hit by train in Kagawa See in context

Apparently I was underestimating it when I said half a kilometer.

Owing to its speed and weight, a train requires a long braking distance. Even in the case of emergency braking, it may need more than 1 km to come to a complete stop.

So if a dog runs across the road one kilometer ahead then in theory the emergency breaks would have to slam on (forget about the passengers safety) in order for it to stop in time. This kind of thing just isn`t practical.

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Posted in: 4-year-old girl dies after being hit by train in Kagawa See in context


Trains don`t stop like a slow moving car does. I have heard of examples of it taking more than 500 meters to stop a speeding train.

Trains take a very long time to stop, covering long stretches of ground in the process. The amount of ground covered is often much longer than the range of the driver's vision.

Just how far ahead do you want this laser to scan, half a kilometer, a kilometer? And every time something crosses in that far off distance the auto-breaking you suggest would have to fire off. If it is a passenger train there is also passenger safety that comes into the equation.

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Posted in: Antarctic ocean sanctuary talks end in failure See in context

True, but they are not drilling for oil. It is scientific drilling (and yes, I actually mean scientific drilling, not like scientific whaling).:) Scientific drilling would not be restricted by the conservation area so it is irrelevant.

I think the quote about it being political is more pertinent. Certain countries want to say no because it gives them some clout.

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Posted in: Antarctic ocean sanctuary talks end in failure See in context

Russia is poised to be the country that gains the most from future changes in the polar regions and the worldwide thawing of permafrost. The last thing on their minds is a sanctuary in the Antarctic, where they've been drilling for 30 years+.

Are you sure you aren`t mixing the Arctic up with the Antarctic. There is no permafrost in the Antarctic and the Russians have not been doing drilling in the Antarctic for the last 30 years but they have been drilling in the Arctic.

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Posted in: Foreign holdings of U.S. debt hit record $5.43 trillion See in context

And Japan increased its holdings 0.5% to $1.12 billion. Japan now trails China’s holdings by just $32.1 billion.

I think that should read = And Japan increased its holdings to o.5% to $1.12 trillion (not billion).

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Posted in: Honda develops new catalyst to significantly reduce use of precious metals See in context

@realmind Rhodium, platinum, and the platinum group metals used in catalytic converters are not rare earth metals. Therefore it doesn`t concern the rare earth and China issues in any way. The number 1 supplier of rhodium is South Africa, which also supplies a significant amount of the other materials used for catalytic converters.

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Posted in: Japan urges Europe to help banks after Greek election See in context

@Japangal. I understand your sentiment, however Germany benefits from a Euro as the Euro is artificially lower in value than a German Mark currency would be. Therefore a Euro makes Germany more competitive than if it went alone as it benefits from an artificially lower Euro. If Germany went alone its new currency would quickly rise in value making its exports much less competitive than they are now.

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Posted in: Boy steals from high school chemistry lab to make explosives See in context

It`s a boy thing. I used to get pottasium nitrate out of fertilizer and use it with sulphur from the plant store and charcoal from the pet store to make gunpowder as a high school kid. No bad intentions, I just wanted to play with small amounts with my friends down by the river.

The only thing that makes this different is that he was regularly picking the lock which makes it a case of theft. At least he also didnt have any bad intentions (he wasnt vandalising anything or trying to blow someone`s car up or something).

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Posted in: Springing a leak See in context

What I find creepy is the thought of the poor guys who had to tape this up with strontium water leaking all over them for an hourly wage that is probably about the same as a Kombini workers gets.

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Posted in: Long journey See in context

As the owners have reliquished their rights to the ship and do not wish to have it back it officially becomes classified as derelict under maritime law. This at least reduces legal complications.

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Posted in: Long journey See in context

Taking ownership of the ship isn`t without potential trouble for any would be salvage company. Firstly, it will only be allowed into a port when the authorities have verified that it poses no threat (threat of fuel oil leaking, threat of sinking and blocking access for port access, etc). In many cases ships like these are unable to be brought to a port for this reason. This makes scrapping of it difficult. Scrapping a ship in a Western country is quite expensive due to the environmental safe guards (many have asbestos on board that needs to be professionally removed, as well as many other toxic products). Therefore most ships are salvaged in India (at great danger to the cheap labourers).

The fuel used by these ships is called L.F.O (Liquid Fuel Oil). It is not like gasoline, it is a very heavy almost mud like subtance that is quite toxic. So if it washes aground and breaks apart there is a very real risk of a small localised environmental impact on the bays or area of Alaska coast that it washes ashore on (New Zealand just had the Rena ship break apart and pollute a large strecth of coast line, but the M.V Rena was a much larger ship).

The real question is how much more stuff, and in what form, is coming across. If there is only this one relatively small fishing boat then it is a non issue. However if we are talking about potentially several boats, and in particular miriads of smaller objects that pose a threat to safe maritime navigation then it becomes an issue as to who pays for it.

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Posted in: Bodies of elderly woman, son lie undiscovered in apartment for weeks See in context

Carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty kerosene heater is always a possibility. It would account for both of them being immobilized at the same time and is more plausible than illness.

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Posted in: Foreign Buyers' Club going strong after 20 years See in context

I used to use them but when I was living in the Inaka I switched to other services such as theflyingpig and Yoyo market which both buy from Costco and send it to your door. No memebership fee`s etc that way.

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Posted in: Lego blocks See in context

makiminato at 10:11 AM JST - 3rd June

Lego has come a long way since I used to play with them back in the early 60s. At that time, Lego was like a kit for making architectural models with only a limited number of types of blocks.

Are you sure you are not confusing it with Meccano. I had a meccano set when I was a boy (1970s ~ 1980s) and it is a lot like what you described. For a long time I used to confuse the two and think they were the same.

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